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Pronunciation: /spiːd/

Translation of speed in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 c and u (rate of movement, progress) velocidad (feminine) what speed were you doing? ¿a qué velocidad ibas? what is its top speed? ¿cuál es la velocidad máxima (que da)? they set off at top/high speed salieron a toda/alta velocidad, salieron a todo lo que da at a speed of … a una velocidad de … if you carry on at this speed we'll never finish si sigues a este paso, no vamos a terminar nunca the car performs well at high speed el coche responde muy bien a altas velocidades to pick up o gather speed cobrar or ganar or (especially Spain/especialmente España) coger* velocidad to lose speed perder* velocidad the speed of light/sound la velocidad de la luz/del sonido to be up to speed (performing as expected) estar* funcionando como se esperaba (be fully informed) estar* al tanto to bring sb up to speed poner* a algn al tanto
    Example sentences
    • Everyone began moving at their top speed out of the dungeon and through the halls.
    • It's said that London traffic moves at an average speed of 11 mph, but pedestrian traffic can't be far behind.
    • It does a reasonably good job of this, especially when you consider that there is a broad range of craft in the game, most of which differ in turn rates and top speeds.
    Example sentences
    • I just want to bring you up to speed.
    • The speed with which the 76-year-old tycoon has moved has staggered most observers.
    • Our results also suggest that clonal interference may not have a large effect on the speed of adaptation.
    1.2 (relative quickness) rapidez (feminine) the speed with which the matter was resolved la rapidez con la que se resolvió el asunto the speed of the players la rapidez de los jugadores
    Example sentences
    • The accident happened due to excessive speed, contributed to by the condition of the near side rear tyre.
    • ‘The cause of this collision is due to excessive speed,’ PC Cox said.
    • He said the ‘unfortunate’ accident was due to excessive speed and the torrential rain.
    1.3 countable/numerable (in shorthand, typing) velocidad (feminine)
  • 2 countable/numerable [Photography/Fotografía] film speed sensibilidad (feminine) de la película shutter speed
    Example sentences
    • Lens speed indicates how bright the image in the viewfinder will be.
    • I'm not sure I can give you the correct information on the lens speed.
    Example sentences
    • This will provide an extra stop of exposure; remember to set it back to the correct speed once the fog or mist has burned off.
    • Scott also plays with lenses, camera speed and some excellent special effects to heighten the impact of the harrowing fight scenes.
    • As camera speeds became quicker, so the image was transformed.
    Example sentences
    • Films also vary according to their ISO number or film speed: their sensitivity to light.
    • The days of having to carry bulk film around or switch between different film types and speeds is now a distant memory for those who have made the technology leap.
    • He discusses camera types, lenses, focal length, flash, light, digital photographs, and film types and speeds.
  • 3 countable/numerable (gear) velocidad (feminine), marcha (feminine) a five-speed gearbox una caja de cambios de cinco marchas or velocidades (feminine) a ten-speed bicycle una bicicleta con diez marchas or velocidades
    Example sentences
    • The car, named for the unique shape of its footboard, had a single cylinder four horse power engine, two forward speeds and a reverse gear.
    • Even if linked to a typically American automatic gearbox of only four speeds, it has sprightly performance.
    • The most nimble of all Jeeps, it comes with front and rear locking axles, giant tires, and extra low gear speeds.
  • 4 uncountable/no numerable (amphetamine) [slang/argot] anfetas (feminine plural) [colloquial/familiar]
    Example sentences
    • Aimed at drug users and their families, the film centres on former drug addicts who were addicted to heroin cocaine, speed and ecstasy.
    • Drugs such as speed and cocaine are often mixed together to make a lethal concoction that can destroy lives.
    • Banning parties and blockading raves will not stop a movement, nor will it stop the use of ecstasy, cocaine, speed, heroin and pot for that matter.

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo (past tense & past participle/pasado y participio pasado sped)

  • 1.1 (go, pass quickly) (+ adverb complement/+ adverbio predicativo) the car sped off o away around the corner el coche se alejó doblando la esquina a toda velocidad he sped by o past in his new sports car nos pasó a toda velocidad con su nuevo coche deportivo the boats sped over the water los botes se deslizaban sobre el agua a toda velocidad the hours sped by las horas pasaron volando 1.2
    (past tense & past participle/pasado y participio pasado speeded)
    (drive too fast) [car/motorist] ir* a exceso de velocidad he was fined for speeding lo multaron por exceso de velocidad

transitive verb/verbo transitivo (past tense & past participle/pasado y participio pasado speeded)

  • 1.1 (hasten) acelerar to speed work/production along acelerar el trabajo/la producción helicopters are being used to speed supplies to the area están usando helicópteros para hacer llegar los suministros rápidamente a la zona 1.2
    (past tense & past participle/pasado y participio pasado speeded)
    to speed sb on his/her way despedir* a algn, desearle feliz viaje a algn
    (past tense & past participle/pasado y participio pasado sped)
    (grant success) [archaic] God speed vaya (usted) con Dios

Phrasal verbs

speed up

(past tense & past participle/pasado y participio pasado speeded)
verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio 1.1 (move faster) [vehicle/driver] acelerar; [walker] apretar* el paso 1.2 [process/production] acelerarse we'll have to speed up tendremos que darnos prisa, tendremos que apurarnos (Latin America/América Latina) 1.1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento 2.1 [vehicle] acelerar 2.2 [work/production/process] acelerar; [person] meterle prisa a, apurar (Latin America/América Latina)

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